Torrential rains and heavywinds from Hurricane Floyd prompted court officials to cancel or abbreviateyesterday’s sessions in several local courts.

Amid forecasts of seven to10 inches of rain and winds of up to 40 miles per hour, and fears of widespreadflooding in the area, Governor Pataki declared a state of emergency forNew York City and Long Island yesterday afternoon, and most local courtsresponded by sending employees home early.

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